Bruce Fisher

Red Hot

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Although Bruce Fisher co-wrote Quincy Jones' "Body Heat" and sang lead or background for some major artists (including Jones and Roy Ayers), he didn't get very far as a solo act. In 1977, the R&B singer/composer made his solo debut with Red Hot, a little-known vinyl LP that is uneven and unfocused but has its moments. Fisher's vocals tend to be shrill; nonetheless, he gets his points across on material that ranges from the melancholy "When Will I See You?" and the funky "Money's Funny" to a remake of "Body Heat." While much of the album is merely competent, the title song is a gem, although a rather odd one. "Red Hot" boasts a steamy soul/funk groove that won't quit, but you know that Fisher has a knack for peculiar lyrics when he sings, "You put lipstick on the sunshine/Rolls and rolls of pink/You're hotter than you think." And on "Fly in the Window," his lyrics are downright cryptic. But despite its various imperfections and shortcomings, Red Hot is generally decent and occasionally excellent. However, the LP didn't sell, and Mercury/PolyGram gave Fisher the boot.